I just got back from a trip to Israel with a small group of 12 people. I love introducing new people to the land and the people of the Bible.
Walking in Israel Makes the Bible Come Alive
Our imagination can only take us so far. To walk on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and take in the scenery that Jesus saw makes the Bible much more tangible. To sit on the steps leading up to the Temple where Jesus likely walked helps our imaginations fill in the gaps of the stories that took place there.
Simply put, it’s fascinating to actually be in a place that we have read about our whole lives.
A Thousand Bible Studies
If a picture is worth a thousand words, being in Israel is worth a thousand Bible studies. The amount of learning that we take in is mind-boggling. (Literally mind-boggling, it’s a firehose of new information!) Having a good guide is important so the pieces come together into information that we can retain and process. I’ve lived in Israel and traveled there six times before and after living there, and every time I learn more about the Bible.
Gain a Personal Perspective on the Current Political Landscape
Whatever you do, when you travel to Israel, make sure you get a chance to meet some Jewish and Arab people in person. Hear their stories. Let them explain their joys and fears to you. These conversations will tell you more about the modern-day political climate of Israel than a million new reports.
Make It Happen (Especially If You’re Someone Who Teaches the Bible)!
Traveling to Israel is a pilgrimage of sorts for Christ-followers. I would highly recommend making it a part of your bucket list!
And for pastors, church leaders, and anyone who has a part in teaching or leading discussions about the Bible—it’s all the more important! If you’re able to, try to take the time and invest the money to make it happen. You won’t regret it!